Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet and speak with Robert LaValva, president and founder of the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan, quickly realizes that at the core of Robert's being in not only the plight of ensuring the future of the South Street Seaport Historic District (check the petition) but the broader cause of ensuring the vitality of public markets as mainstay institutions, venues, gathering places, business opportunities and much more for New York City and residents and visitors alike. Over the years, through both its market events and the support of its market participants and advocates on the local and national food scene (Fleishers, the Mast Brothers, the list goes on and on), the New Amsterdam Market has breathed new life into the downtown neighborhood proving both the viability and necessity of the market. And now there's momentum to restore and transform 2 City-owned buildings into market homes once again. We encourage you to get involved, become aware and speak your part. Connect with NAMNY on Facebook or their newsletter to find out the next time and place to have your say and show your support.
Photo credit: Jennifer S. Altman, New York Times